May 17, 2022

The NPR Library Wins ALA/Information Today Library of the Future Award

Congratulations to Lara Soto-Barra and all of our friends at the NPR Library located only a few miles from us here in D.C.

Score one for media libraries and librarians!

From ALA:

The American Library Association has named the Artemis training project from the NPR library the 2012 winner of the ALA/Information Today, Inc. Library of the Future Award. This award is presented annually to a library that demonstrates innovative planning and development of patron training programs about information technology in a library setting.

The Artemis project is a training program developed by Katie Daugert and Lauren Sin to teach NPR staff how to use a new internal database for audio archives and transcripts.

The program used an impressive variety of strategies, including librarian-produced online videos narrated by NPR journalists, an ongoing email campaign, large-scale posters throughout headquarters identifying and training key super-users and raising awareness about the database at editorial staff meetings. Additionally they provided in-person training sessions and a webinar to teach their users – NPR staff – how to search the database.


“The award caused a mini revolution among our co-workers and colleagues in NPR: for two days we kept receiving congratulatory notes; they are proud of the award because they know ALA and its worldwide prestige and reputation. You have elevated our library to be together with all the NPR award winning journalists,” said Laura Soto-Barra, senior librarian, NPR.


Members of the 2012 ALA Information Today/Library of the Future Award Jury are: Ann Zeidman-Karpinski, University of Oregon, Eugene, Ore. (chair); Carol Anderson, University at Albany – SUNY, Albany, N. Y.; Janet Fore, Saint Mary’s College Cushwa, Notre Dame, Ind.; Deana Groves, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Ky.; Virginia Steel, University of California, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, Calif.

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About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.